Event    From 7/9/1940  To /5/1941

The Blitz

Categories: Tragedy

During WW2 Britain came under heavy bombing from Germany for 8 months, 1940-1941. This was called 'the Blitz' from the German word Blitzkrieg meaning 'lightning war'. London was particularly badly hit, especially at the start, being attacked every day/night of the first 57 days, except one. The objectives were the destruction of industrial targets, and to break the morale of the civilian population. But the Blitz failed, on both fronts, leaving London with extensive physical damage but a new psychological weapon, the Blitz spirit.

This interactive map shows all of the bombs dropped on London during the Blitz.

2019: Spitalfields Life posted a number of central London buildings that bear the scars of war.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
The Blitz

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Abbey Road Depot - WW2 ARP members lost

Bill Wallis is described on the plaque as 'ARP Stretcher Bearer'. Which we ta...

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Balham Station bombing - 1

In memory of the 64 people killed at this station by a wartime bomb 14th Octo...

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Balham Station bombing - 2

{Beneath the London Transport logo:} In remembrance of the civilians and Lond...

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Balham Station bombing - 3

In remembrance of the civilians and London Transport staff who were killed at...

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Bank Station WW2 bomb

{Above the London Underground roundel:} In remembrance of the fifty six peopl...

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Other Subjects

Robert J. Halligan

Robert J. Halligan

United Kingdom citizen who died in the terrorist attacks in America on 11 September 2001. Robert John Halligan was born on 11 June 1942 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He was a son of William John H...

Person, Tragedy, USA

1 memorial
Jerry Don Avritt

Jerry Don Avritt

Jerry Don Avritt was born on 30 July 1942 in Marion County, Kentucky, USA. He was one of the three children of Thomas Lee Avritt (1914-1987) and Eva Marie Avritt née Goode (1917-1994). His siblings...

Person, Aviation, Tragedy, Scotland, USA

1 memorial
Edward Morris

Edward Morris

For more information about this hero click on the picture of his plaque.

Person, Tragedy

1 memorial
Lewisham V1 rocket attack

Lewisham V1 rocket attack

The worst V1 attack on South London. The rocket struck the busy street market at 09.41 on a Friday morning.  Numbers reported vary, but about 52 people were killed and 124 very seriously injured. T...

Event, War Memorial WW2, Tragedy

2 memorials
Benedetta Ciaccia

Benedetta Ciaccia

Benedetta Ciattia was born on 15 December 1974 in Italy and came to the UK in 1995. She lived in Norwich, Norfolk and was a business analyst at Pearson Publishing. Her obituary can be found on the ...

Person, Tragedy, Italy

2 memorials